Wild Land Management Services John Muir Trust
23. Sensitive path techniques

There should be a presumption against new paths in wild land, but if these are required then the focus should be on sustainable construction using locally sourced materials wherever possible.

The visual impact of the path should be a primary consideration and paths should be built using local materials. Designs should be as simple as possible and maintain natural variations in terms of width and materials. Apply sensitive techniques to any repaired or new path.

Sustainable management
Sensible use of resources and careful planning of new developments


• Apply sensitive techniques to any new path

• Where appropriate use “light touch” building techniques